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Mulryan to send just one horse to Ireland

LEADING chaser Or Noir De Somoza is the only one of owner Sean Mulryan's powerful string that will be leaving France to be trained in Ireland.

After four highly successful seasons with Arnaud Chaille-Chaille at La Palmyre in the west of France, Mulryan decided to part company with the trainer in August.

The Irishman, who topped the jumps owners' list in France in both 2005 and 2006, is enduring a poor season with only a pair of Group races in the bag nine months into the year.

After the split, the Mulryan horses in training were split between four trainers and the majority of a team including big names like Cyrlight, Mid Dancer and Zaiyad were expected to be sent across the Channel.

However, racing manager Herve Barjot said: "The only horse leaving France will be Or Noir de Somoza and he will be going to Ireland. We are not naming the trainer for the moment. Cyrlight, Mid Dancer and Zaiyad are all sidelined and down at the stud in Normandy."

The six-year-old Or Noir de Somoza picked up three Group 1 races in 2006 and has since scored at lower level. Last time out he was ninth behind the brilliant mare Princesse d'Anjou in the Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, a race won by Mid Dancer in 2007.

On the Flat, Mulryan owns 25 per cent of the Andre Fabre-Thewayyouare after a deal sold the majority share to Coolmore a year ago. The colt is currently at Coolmore but is expected to retrun to Fabre's stable in the near future.

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